Tribunal directs CERC to consider Sasan unit's launch date afresh

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 13, 2013

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has allowed Sasan Power’s appeal against the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)’s June 20 order on the commercial operation date of the Sasan ultra mega power project.

R Power claimed that the first unit of the 3960 MW plant was commissioned on March 31, 2013.

CERC had set aside the certificate issued by an Independent Engineer (IE) for declaration of the COD of Sasan plant’s first 660 MW unit based on a petition filed by the Western Region Load Dispatch Centre.

CERC cancelled the commissioning date and said Sasan Power had flouted norms. For a power plant to be declared ‘commissioned’ the unit must operate for 72 consecutive hours at or above 95 per cent of its contracted capacity.

The Western Regional Load Despatch Centre showed that the 3,960 MW Sasan Power plant generated only 153 MW and hit a maximum of 165 MW on March 30, 2013, the regulator said.

Sasan Power had appealed against the order to the tribunal.

Sasan Power is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Power, implementing the 4000 MW project.

The date of commissioning gains importance as the first financial year of operation would be pushed ahead to 2013-14 for Reliance Power.

APTEL set aside CERC’s order and directed it to decide the matter afresh, including the issue of maintainability of the petition filed by the Western Centre raised by Sasan Power without being influenced by its earlier findings.


Published on August 13, 2013
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